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March 14, 2010

Forester Moth Surveys in Argyll in 2010

Filed under: Moths — Andrew Masterman @ 11:28 am

Forester (Adscita statices) is one of the Burnet moths but does not have any crimson  spots on an inky blue/black background which are charcteristic of this group of spectacular moths. The Forester has green and very shiny wings making it unmistakeable and a very attractive moth to find.

Forester moth    Credit: Andrew Masterman

Forester moth Credit: Andrew Masterman

The habitat of the Forester in Scotland is considered to be damp meadows and coastal marshes with a medium to tall sward which contain the larval foodplants, Common Sorrel and Sheep Sorrel, and its preferred nectaring plants which are Ragged Robin, Marsh Thistle and Devil’s Bit Scabious.  Light grazing to control scrub is considered essential but overgrazing is detrimental. Some shelter provided by trees or bracken may also be required but more data on sites in which it occurs would increase our knowledge of its ecology and help to conserve it.

The Forester is on the wing from early June in warm years through July with a few individuals flying in early August. It is a day flying moth being active in sunshine but may be found resting on vegetation in cloudy weather.

The Forester has a well-distributed but local distribution in England but is in decline as the open semi-natural habitats which it inhabits are being lost to agricultural intensification.

In Scotland, the Forester is confined to coastal parts of Argyll and the nearby islands of Jura, Lismore and Mull. But there are some old records from the Borders so it is likely that it used to be more widespread in Scotland but has been lost due to agricultural intensification.

There are 20 Forester records on the west coast of Argyll. It is very likely that the Forester is under-recorded so searching for it in coastal areas between the 20 known sites may well lead to the discovery of new sites.  There are records for the isle of Seil, so it is possible that both Kerrera and Luing also have the Forester. Other promising areas to search for the Forester would be the Ardfern peninsular and the Loch Melfort area.

You can download a Word document containing the three maps below and the grid references by clicking here.

Forester sites on the west coast of Argyll

Forester sites on the west coast of Argyll

 

The map below (click for larger image) shows a close up view of the more northerly sites in the above map.

Forester sites near Oban

Forester sites near Oban

 

The map below (click for larger image) shows a close up view of the more southerly sites near Kilmartin.

Forester sites near Kilmartin

Forester sites near Kilmartin

 

Site

Gridref

Date

Recorder

Argyll>Loch Craignish>Eilean Righ

NM8001

1899

Tutt

Argyll>Oban>Loch Nell

NM8927

1899

Tutt

Argyll>Oban>Upper Soroba

NM8627

1960

Pelham-Clinton, E.C.

Argyll>Loch Feochan>Minard>Ardentallan

NM822236

1975

Langmaid, Dr J.

Argyll>Seil>Ballachuan

NM756146

1990

Young, Dr M.

Argyll>Seil>Ballachuan

NM761146

1995

Christie, I.

Argyll>Seil>Ballachuan

NM760148

1995

Barbour, Dr D.

Argyll>Oban>Upper Soroba

NM864270

15-Jun-57

Pelham-Clinton, E.C.

Argyll>Kilmartin>Carnassarie

NM8401

07-Jun-84

Raymond, J.

Argyll>Seil>Loch Seil

NM801198

27-Jun-84

Wormell, Mr P.

Argyll>Connel>Achnacloich

NM956330

01-Jun-86

Barbour, Dr D.

Argyll>Connel>Achnacloich

NM956330

01-Jul-97

David Barbour

Argyll>Seil>Loch Seil

NM801199

07-Jun-04

John Knowler

Argyll>Oban>Barndromin

NM842228

22-Jun-04

Jamie Mellor

Argyll>Connel>Ardnaskie

NM964330

01-Jun-06

Bob Black

Argyll>Loch Feochan>Moleigh>Kilmore

NM878262

01-Jun-06

Pete Hardy

Argyll>Seil>Loch Seil

NM801199

01-Jun-08

Bill Jackson

Argyll>Oban>Barndromin

NM842226

03-Jun-08

Andrew Masterman

Argyll>Scarba

NM730042

13-Jun-08

Stephen Mason

Argyll>Kilmartin

NR84009901

23-Jun-08

Carl Farmer

Written by Andrew Masterman

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3 Comments »

  1. Saw Forester moth in field near Kilmore Oban today 9th June 2014. Have never seen it in field here before so a new appearance. Field is lightly sheep grazed. In long damp grass near river edge under trees. Have seen Scottish transparent winged Burnet on hill in recent years so good glen for the Burnet family. Hope a help. L Ross

    Comment by Leo Ross — June 9, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

  2. Hi Ross, I have seen Transparent Burnet on the nearby hillside to the east, Sron Mhor. Have you a grid reference please for where you saw the Foresters? Is it the banks of the river just south of Kilmore? Thanks for the info.

    Comment by Andrew Masterman — June 9, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

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